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Ali (First-Year Student, Participant in Fall 2017 Linked FYEP Writing 101 Course) “Living in Lavender has given me opportunities to truly find myself through interactions with others. I love living in a place where I’m able to pursue my creative passions while creating & participating in a diverse community. I’ve found a true home here.”

About the Lavender Community

For Students Who Are Interested in LGBTQ+ Histories, Communities, and Activism

The Lavender wing seeks to honor, celebrate, and uplift the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ students. The wing seeks to bring LGBTQ+ identified students and allies together in community to share their hopes, dreams, and challenges. Through programming, the Lavender Community invites participants to learn more about how social identities intersect here at PLU and beyond. Through volunteer opportunities participants are encouraged to connect with LGBTQ+ communities in the broader Tacoma area.

The significance of “Lavender”
Lavender Graduation Ceremonies are held across the country every year. The origin of the term, “Lavender” has many variations. According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), lavender is a combination of the pink triangle that gay men were forced to wear in concentration camps and the black triangle designating lesbians as political prisoners in Nazi Germany. The LGBTQ civil rights movement took these symbols of hatred and combined them to make symbols and color of pride and community. To learn more about Lavender Graduation, please visit: Lavender Graduation.

There are other narratives that speak to the importance of the color lavender. One such narrative is that lavender is a blend of the traditionally gender-identified colors pink and blue. Lavender blurs these two lines and subverts and challenges gender norms. For more information, please see the following student article from the Dallas News:

Great For Residents Who ...

  • who want a mixed gender living experience
  • for whom their sex assigned at birth does not match their gender identity
  • who are interested in gender equity and gender-spectrum inclusion
  • who are interested in talking about gender and sexual identities

Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in the Lavender Community, residents will:

  • explore linkages across personal lived experiences and theoretical concepts of gender and sexuality
  • increase their knowledge and awareness of topics from evolving language to bias incidents to current events
  • have increased access to peers and faculty outside of the classroom to support their learning about social justice and identity development


Ordal Hall  (one Gender Inclusive Housing wing)

Upcoming Ordal and Stuen Events

Click below to see upcoming Ordal and Stuen Events


Linked Course(s)

OPT IN (for new First-Year residents)

First-year residents will be able to opt into enrolling in a linked First Year Experience Program (FYEP) course on the topic of social justice. A certain number of class seats will be saved for commuter students to opt into this learning community.

  • Democratic Citizenship | James Albrecht | FYEP 101 Section 04 | MWF 9:15-10:20
  • Banned Books | Lisa Marcus | FYEP 101 Section 7 | TR 1:45-3:30
  • Not Your Typical Superhero | Christine Moeller | FYEP 101 Section 31 | TR 11:50-1:35

View the Fall 2019 Learning Community (LC) Linked FYEP 101 Courses document to read these course descriptions and learn more about LC linked courses.

Example Programs

Below are a few examples of programs that have occurred in Gender Inclusive Housing in the past! If you have an idea for a wing or hall program, contact your Resident Assistant to see about planning it!

  • Queer Student Retreat | sponsored by the Diversity Center and Center for Gender Equity
  • Volunteering with Rainbow Center & Oasis (in Tacoma)
  • Celebration of Queer Cinema
  • Tunnel of Oppression


For more information about this Learning Community option you may contact:

Dhaval Patel, Community Director for Ordal and Stuen Halls |

Infographic representing the Lavender Community located in Ordal Hall.